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Japan closes in on infrastructure deal with Bangladesh


Japan has snagged preferential negotiating rights from the Bangladeshi government to build highways and other structures there under an exclusive arrangement. Tokyo seeks to capitalize on this and other opportunities to catch and surpass China,... More

The benefits of joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization


Pakistan has been encountering devastating terrorism. The transnational terrorist organizations with the connivance of the neighbouring states intelligence agencies have been conducting sporadic terrorist activities inside the country. The terrorists are targeting the soft... More

The Brahmaputra conundrum


Indian strategists should prepare for a possible river diversion by China The news that China is planning to divert the waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (the upper stream of India’s Brahmaputra) to its water-starved Xinjiang... More

Pakistan’s software exports rise to $2.9 billion in revenue


Owing to the incentives given by the Government to IT and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) industry and various international tech startup launch pads opening up in Pakistan, Pakistan’s IT exports have grown to... More

China tells India to calm down after Maldives trade deal


India will “do nothing but upset itself” if it tries to prevent closer trade ties between China and the Maldives, Beijing state media has said, days after the tiny island nation approved a deal... More

Pakistan, China pledge more efforts to build economic corridor


Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promised more efforts to build the cross-border economic corridor during their meeting in Sochi on November 30, Xinhua reported. Both leaders are here to... More

Regional economic development gets a boost as India, Pakistan attend SCO summit


The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), scheduled to be held from 30 November to 1 December in Sochi, Russia will be the first to have India and Pakistan as full members since... More

China Development Bank files insolvency suit against India’s Reliance


China Development Bank, which lent close to $1.78 billion to Reliance Communications (RCom), has filed an insolvency suit at the National Company Law Tribunal’s (NCLT’s) Mumbai bench after it defaulted on loans, said a... More

Gwadar & Chabahar: Military, economic significance of 2 rival ports


Both Pakistan’s Gwadar port and Iran’s Chabahar port have unique geostrategic and geopolitical importance. These ports are located at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz in the Arabian Sea which lies at the cross... More

Chinese worried about Nepal’s frequent regime change and policy inconsistency


Bhaskar Koirala, the Director of Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies (NIIS), has extensively researched Nepal-China relations. He was also among the first proponents of the idea of trilateral cooperation between Nepal, India... More

US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota


US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought... More

India should have no illusions about Trump’s Afghan strategy


Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Manila, Philippines, during the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits India’s wish to advance the “future interests of Asia”. But New Delhi should remember that the “Indo-Pacific” is not... More

India, UK in diplomatic showdown over ICJ seat


India and UK are headed for what might turn out to be the worst diplomatic showdown between the two nations in recent times. In a brazen attempt to stall the surge in support for... More

Pak Army Chief meets CENTCOM Commander, demands Afghan action


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while meeting General Joseph L. Votel, the Commander of US Central Command (US CENTCOM) on 16 November, said that Afghanistan is not contributing towards... More

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India early next year


India is preparing to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-January in what would signal qualitative upgrade of partnership, coming less than a year after Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel. This would be the... More

Saudi delegation to visit Pakistan to explore investment opportunities


A high-level Saudi Arabian delegation will visit Pakistan by the end of this month to explore investment opportunities in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistani media reported. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Nawaf... More

RBI says no to Islamic Banking in India


In a major move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided not to pursue a proposal for introduction of Islamic banking in the country. Replying to an RTI query, the central bank said... More

Rohingya crisis can harm Chinese OBOR, other regional plans: Experts


Protracted Rohingya crisis might jeopardise regional connectivity initiatives, including One Belt One Road initiative of China, with multiple risks of emergence of terrorism and social and economic instability, experts said at a discussion in... More

Banking on a New Stimulus Plan in India


India’s central government is taking a bigger role in managing the country’s financial system through a new stimulus plan that will inject cash into banks and infrastructure. Because of a growing number of nonperforming loans,... More

Pakistan opposes expansion of permanent seats in UNSC


Pakistan has voiced firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council in the United Nations, according to report by GEO TV. Speaking in the General Assembly on Security Council... More

Sri Lanka, China open industrial zone office in Hambantota


Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the "Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office" in Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota on 4 November. The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial Zone... More

COLUMN

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More